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EAS News:

1. Call for nominations for the 2016 MERAC Prizes for the Best Doctoral Theses

2. Reminder: Call for expressions of interest to organise Symposia and Special
   Sessions at EWASS 2016, Athens, 4-8 July 2016

3. EAS policy regarding diversity and non discrimination

4. Obituary of Jean-Paul Zahn 1935-2015

5. Reminder to pay EAS membership fees of 2015

Contributed News:

6. Call for nominations for the 2016 James Craig Watson Medal

7. Conference announcement: "Astronomical Surveys and Big Data"
   Byurakan, Armenia, 5-9 October 2015

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1. Call for nominations for the 2016 MERAC Prizes for the Best Doctoral Theses

FONDATION MERAC is a non-profit foundation started in 2012 with headquarters
in Switzerland to recognize and support young European astronomers. There are
yearly three MERAC Prizes awarded by the EAS. The prizes of € 20'000.- are
for each of the three categories:
	- Theoretical Astrophysics,
	- Observational Astrophysics,
	- New Technologies (Instrumental/Computational).

The EAS Council invites EAS members to nominate suitable candidates for the
MERAC Prizes of 2016. This being an even year, the three prizes will be
Best Doctoral Thesis Prizes. The Prizes will be awarded for the best PhD Theses
in astrophysics for degrees awarded during the period June 2012 - July 2015.

The deadline for nomination is Wednesday, 30 September 2015 at 16:00 CEST.

Please use the dedicate web interface at:
	http://eas.unige.ch/merac_prizes.jsp?tab=nomination

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2. Reminder: Call for expressions of interest to organise Symposia and Special
   Sessions at EWASS 2016, Athens, 4-8 July 2016

After the great success of the European Week of Astronomy and Space Science
(EWASS) 2015, which welcomed more than 1100 participants in Tenerife, Spain
from 22 to 26 June 2015, it is time to define the scientific programme of the
next EWASS.

EWASS 2016 will take place in Athens, Greece, on 4-8 July 2016. The meeting will
be organised at the premises of the Eugenides Foundation by the European
Astronomical Society (EAS), in collaboration with the Hellenic Astronomical
Society (Hel.A.S.).

We herewith remind the open call for proposals to organise a Symposium or a
Special Session which was sent out to all EAS members on 26 June 2015.

Please find all the relevant information on the website of EWASS 2016 at:
	http://eas.unige.ch/EWASS2016/call.jsp

The deadline for sending expressions of interest is Friday, 11 September 2015.

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3. EAS policy regarding diversity and non discrimination

The EAS Council agreed on 25 June 2015 on a policy regarding diversity and non
discrimination. In this policy, the EAS recognizes that diversity among
astronomers brings diversity of ideas, methods and sensitivity, which is
beneficial to astronomy. In addition, it is critical for the future of
astronomy, and science in general, that young people can see evidence that
scientists can succeed regardless of, e.g., gender, nationality, ethnic origin,
or social origin.

The full text of this document is available at:
	http://eas.unige.ch/documents/EAS_diversity_policy.pdf

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4. Obituary of Jean-Paul Zahn 1935-2015

It is with immense sadness that the EAS announces the death of Jean-Paul Zahn,
former EAS President from 1997 to 2001, on the 15th of July. He was 80 years old.

After entering to Ecole Normale Superieure de la rue d'Ulm in 1955, he joined
La Sorbonne and then the Institut d'Astrophysique de Paris where he defended his
PhD under the supervision of Prof. E. Shatzman in 1966 on tides in binary stars.
His study had a strong impact on that field of astrophysics. He was able to
apply his discovery on tide dissipation to many systems such as exoplanets and
planets of our solar system.

As a renowned expert in hydrodynamics, he played a central role all along in his
career in our understanding of stellar and solar internal dynamics. He in
particular developed theories on hydrodynamic instabilities in stellar interiors,
demonstrating the key role played by rotation in shaping the evolution of stars.
He made major contributions to the subjects of turbulent convection, angular
momentum transport and the generation and excitation of internal gravity waves
in stars. He made the first model explaining the existence of the solar
tachocline, the thin intense shear layer at the base of the solar convection
zone. He also was an active supporter of helio- and asteroseismology space
missions.

Beside his impressive scientific production, Jean-Paul Zahn has had major
administrative positions. After his arrival at the Observatory of Nice in 1966,
he became in 1972 its director until 1981. Then from 1981 to 1988 he managed the
Observatories of Pic du Midi and Toulouse (now Midi-Pyrennées). He also was one
of the founders of the Centre Européen de Recherche et de Formation Avancée
en Calcul Scientifique, better known as CERFACS. He could remove unnecessary
impediments imposed by rigid bureaucracy by circumventing them in inventive,
unconventional ways, yet always maintaining complete honesty and an ethical
approach.

Jean-Paul Zahn joined the Observatory of Paris in 1993, becoming Emeritus in
2003 where he was actively continuing his research on stellar dynamics and tides.

He spent many years in USA (NASA Goddard Institute of Space Studies in New York,
Columbian University, New York University, University of Colorado at Boulder),
where he had long lasting and strong collaborations and long term friends.
   
Jean-Paul Zahn was also a great professor, teaching astrophysics and fluid
dynamics at all levels. He was the head of the graduate school of astrophysics
of Paris from 1995 until 1999 and organized many schools in les Houches and
Aussois. He supervised many PhDs and many of his young colleagues are active in
astrophysics and fluid dynamics, creating in effect a  School in astrophysical
fluid dynamics whose results and theory apply to subject from celestial bodies
to laboratory experiments in fundamental fluid mechanics. Jean-Paul headed many
French and international committees such as CNRS astrophysical hiring panels or
the European Astronomical Society from 1997 until 2001. 

He was so modest that he was not looking after prizes but received many all
along his brilliant career both in France and internationally.

Jean-Paul was a great scientist with immense skills, an enthusiastic and
fascinating teacher, and a charismatic coordinator and organizer. Jean-Paul was
also known for his remarkable human qualities. We will always remember his
kindness, his generosity and his great sense of humor. We have lost an
exceptional colleague and for some a very close friend. All our thoughts are
going to his wife Suzy Collin-Zahn and his relatives.

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5. Reminder to pay EAS membership fees of 2015

The numerous activities of the EAS are not possible without the essential income
from membership fees. While very few national affiliated societies are still
collecting EAS membership fees, the preferred payment is via the secured EAS
on-line payment system at:
	http://eas.unige.ch/members.jsp?tab=payment

This interface also provides you your payment status upon login in on the EAS
website. In case you did not pay your fees of 2015 yet, please do so as soon as
possible.

Many thanks for your continuous support to our society!

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6. Call for nominations for the 2016 James Craig Watson Medal

Announcement from the US National Academies of Science/James Craig Watson Award
Committee:

Dear Colleague,

We write to ask your participation in the identification of outstanding
candidates for the 2016 James Craig Watson Medal. The Watson Medal is awarded
biennially to recognize major contributions to the science of astronomy. The
recipient is awarded a gold-plated bronze medal, a $25,000 prize plus an
additional $50,000 to a nonprofit research institution selected by the recipient
for the promotion of astronomical science. Additional information, including
past recipients, can be found at:
http://www.nasonline.org/programs/awards/james-craig-watson-medal.html

Nominations will be accepted until 11:59pm Eastern, Thursday, October 1, 2015.
Nominations must be submitted via the online nomination form at
https://awards.nasonline.org/ and must include the following:

  1. A letter from the nominator describing the candidate's work and why he or
     she should be selected for the award.
  2. Curriculum vitae.  No more than 2 pages.
  3. Bibliography listing no more than 12 of the nominee's most significant
     publications.
  4. Letters of support. Two (2) letters are required.
      - Support letters must be written by individuals from institutions outside
        both the nominator and the nominee's institution.
      - Members of the selection committee may not author support letters.
  5. A suggested citation

Who may nominate:
  - NAS membership is not required to submit a nomination.
  - Self-nominations are not accepted.

Who may be nominated:
  - NAS membership is not required to be nominated.
  - Nominees of all nationalities are eligible, based either in the USA or at
    international institutions.

Please help spread the word that the nomination process is underway.

Sincerely,

The James Craig Watson Medal Selection Committee:

Victoria M. Kaspi (Chair), McGill University
John E. Carlstrom, University of Chicago
Neil Gehrels, NASA Goddard Space Flight Center
Andrea M. Ghez, University of California, Los Angeles
Fiona A. Harrison, California Institute of Technology
Chryssa Kouveliotou, George Washington University
David N. Spergel, Princeton University

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7. Conference announcement: "Astronomical Surveys and Big Data"
   Byurakan, Armenia, 5-9 October 2015

A meeting "Astronomical Surveys and Big Data" dedicated to 50th anniversary of
the Markarian Survey and 10th anniversary of the Armenian Virtual Observatory
(ArVO) will be held on Oct 5-9, 2015 in Byurakan, Armenia. The symposium intends
to combine astronomers and computer scientists with heavy involvement of
astronomical surveys, catalogs, archives, databases and VOs.

This meeting will contribute to the following:
  * Review and discuss large astronomical surveys to summarize observational
    data obtained in astronomy
  * Give tribute to Markarian Survey and other important surveys
  * Review and discuss astronomical catalogues, databases and archives
  * Learn about major upcoming surveys (including PanSTARRS, Gaia, and LSST)
  * Learn and discuss how large observational data sets are changing astronomy
  * Introduce tools and techniques for working with large data sets
    (including access, analysis, and visualization)
  * Discuss the future of astronomical research by joint efforts of
    astronomers and computer scientists

The full announcement of the conference is available at:
	http://asbd.aras.am/announcement.pdf

More information and registration on the conference site: http://asbd.aras.am/

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